Mats Hummels has completed a three-day visit to Malawi as part of the Bayern Munich defender's work as a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador.
Hummels visited a child care centre in the central Dedza District of the African nation in the hope of raising awareness of children's plight in the country.
"Sport in general is always a good thing because it helps the kids. They learn how to work together and sport is crucial in building relationships among children,” said the Germany international centre-back.
Es ist schwer in Worte zu fassen, was ich auf meiner ersten Projektreise mit @unicefyouth_deutschland in #Malawi erlebe. Es macht mich tief betroffen, in welchen Verhältnissen die Kinder hier aufwachsen müssen - hier wird in vielerlei Hinsicht dringend Hilfe benötigt! Mehr zu meiner Reise erfahrt ihr im November beim RTL Spendenmarathon. Difficult to express in words what I am experiencing in #Malawi during my first time visiting @unicef projects. I am deeply saddened seeing the poor conditions these kids are growing up in! Help is urgently needed in so many different ways. You will find out more about my journey during the "RTL Spendenmarathon" in November!
"My visit should help in many ways and there will be donations from Germany. I want to raise awareness for this cause in my country so that they can donate more money to people in Malawi, especially the children."
Hummels interacted with children, played football with them, and helped serve them porridge at the centre.
"Difficult to express in words what I am experiencing in Malawi during my first time visiting UNICEF projects," Hummels wrote in an Instagram post. "I am deeply saddened seeing the poor conditions these kids are growing up in! Help is urgently needed in so many different ways."